Mike Trout has transitioned from talented rookie to unbelievable talent in one smooth leap. He used to be a phenom, but it's quite possible that the right word hasn't yet been invented yet to describe the things he does.
So how about "Troutacular"?
Really, there's no other way to describe the Angels' 20-year-old outfielder, who takes his game to new levels almost every night.
Wednesday night in Baltimore, it was a marvelous leaping catch at the center field wall to steal a home run from JJ Hardy in the bottom of the first inning. But Trout's catches sometimes go beyond description. You have to see them to believe them.
In this case, he sprinted to the fence, leaped into the air (manager Mike Scioscia said later that he never saw a player jump that high), stretched his arm above his head and grabbed the ball just before slamming the wall with all the force of his body.
Trout had to look into his glove to make sure he had the ball, and when he saw it was still there, he ran back ...